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Oh Cleveland... Oh Cleveland...

Seriously, what were they smoking?

Maximum Beige Achieved Maximum Beige Achieved

We bought the Sienna.

Going to go van shopping on Friday Going to go van shopping on Friday

I got a surprise call this evening - an older sounding gentleman called me about a posting for a 2008 Toyota Sienna for sale. I wasn’t even sure had had gotten my message. Given how long the post had been up, and the very reasonable price given the mileage, I was surprised it was still for sale. Ad is here:

The hunt is on...

Mrs. BaconSandwich and I are on the hunt for a minivan. My usual places to hunt for cars are AutoTrader.ca and Kijiji. Am I missing any other places to look, other than local classified ads? Craigslist around here has absolutely nothing. AutoTempest seems to accept a Canadian postal code, but doesn’t come up with any…

2nd generation Hyundai Entourage/Kia Sedona - any good?

Is the 2nd generation Kia Sedona/Hyundai Entourage any good - in particular the 2007 model year? Mrs. BaconSandwich and I are looking for an inexpensive family hauler. I spotted this one on Kijiji (similar to Craigslist, but more commonly used):

What is this I don't even... (Keep Oppo weird) What is this I don't even... (Keep Oppo weird)

My wife was looking for a video to explain to our 3 year old how the digestive system works. She came across this. It’s... well, I’ll let you judge for yourself.

Caption this... Caption this...

Taken from one of my childrens’ books:

Interesting series of videos on building stuff... Interesting series of videos on building stuff...

Not sure if anyone here has seen this series of videos before:

Drum brakes need to die

I’ve been having a persistent squeak that happens whenever I release the brakes. Same thing happened last year, and a small shot of grease between the side of the brake shoe and the backing plate seems to fix it for a year or so. This isn’t the first time this has happened. But this time it was different. Driver’s side…

ElectricUte - this needs to happen (again)! ElectricUte - this needs to happen (again)!

Leafamino? Leafchero? No, it’s the ElectricUte. Some guys at Nissan did this a few years back as a team building exercise. I want to make one now:

Let's take care of each other. Please.

We found out last night that a relative of ours committed suicide yesterday. She was married with two reasonably young children - one who has a physical disability. She and her family live in a distant city, but it seems to have come as a shock to everyone. I can only imagine how hard it must be on her husband and…

Gas prices...

Gas prices spiked up in the last day or two here. It was ~$1.20/L ($3.60 USD per gallon?), but some places have jumped up to $1.27/L ($3.81 USD/gallon?). They are saying prices are going to go up even more over the summer for “reasons”. We’ve been thinking about getting a vehicle with 3 rows of seats, as we are wanting…

Let's talk about car seats. Let's talk about car seats.

Not the ones for kids. The ones for grown ups. From what little research I’ve done, it seems like most automotive seats are a metal frame, maybe some metal springs, and some polyurethane (or similar) foam, with a cloth or leather covering. Let’s ignore the fancy air conditioned or massaging variety for now, and look at…

I'm not a troll... I'm not a troll...

But I couldn’t resist.

Indicator light snapping back to position?

This might sound like an odd question, but how does a signal/indicator stalk know when to snap back into the neutral (not signalling) position after a user turns the wheel? I’ve never had the chance to take apart an indicator light or a steering column, and part of me is really curious to know how the mechanism works. …

Calgary International Auto Show photodump Calgary International Auto Show photodump

First time I have ever been to the show. There were some interesting sights to see. Out of all the manufacturers there, Kia and Mercedes had the best swag. Kia was giving away mittens and Mercedes had some really neat, large magnets. I think Mercedes definitely had the best customer experience there.

Calgary International Auto Show?

Any opponauts here headed to the Calgary International Auto Show on Saturday? I’m headed there with a friend and a few others. I’ve never been, so I’m not quite sure what to expect. I’ll hopefully be packing my camera gear and will try to get some good shots. Maybe even shoot a little video.

What to look for on a '94 Miata?

On Saturday a friend and I are going to take a look at a 1994 Mazda Miata (for him, not for me). Are there any particular problem areas to look out for? I remember hearing something about the Woodruff key on the crank being an issue in early Miatas, but I’m not sure that still applies to a ‘94. That, and it’d be…

Enjoy some groovy tunes Enjoy some groovy tunes

I came across this on YouTube, and thought some of you might enjoy it as much as I have.

Teach me about minivans

Mrs. BaconSandwich is wanting to get a minivan some point in the near future. After a bit of digging, I think I’d like to get either a Toyota Sienna or a Honda Odyssey. We’d be looking at buying a used one, rather than new.

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